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Heavy Heart Rate and Minimal Exertion

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author image Kristie Jernigan
Kristie Jernigan is a health writer with over 17 years of experience as a medical social worker. She has worked mainly with the elderly population and with children. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and early childhood from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in health care administration and gerontology from the University of Phoenix.
Heavy Heart Rate and Minimal Exertion
Close up of a man sitting down in a business suit with his hand over his heart as if feeling a heavy heart rate. Photo Credit Julija Sapic/iStock/Getty Images

A heavy heart rate, bounding heart or a rapid heart rate is a serious medical concern. Minimal exertion can sometimes cause a heavy heart rate when you are suffering from an underlying medical condition. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that the pulsing veins in your neck can sometimes reveal a heavy heart rate and you may also experience a rapid pulse.

Causes

A heavy heart rate after doing only minimal activity could be a sign of being out of shape but it can also be a sign of more serious medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure. A heavy heart rate with minimal exertion can also occur as we age and our we develop heart disease. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a heavy heart rate can also be caused by a fluid overload in your body such as in kidney failure.

Symptoms

If you are suffering from a medical condition that is causing you to have a heavy heart rate then you may also have other symptoms. Some of these other symptoms can include shortness of breath, dizziness, and chest pains, left-sided shoulder pain, neck pain and even throbbing pain in your teeth.

Identification

To identify the exact cause of your heavy heart rate with minimal exertion your health care provider may do a physical exam followed by a battery of tests. The National Library of Medicine reports that your physician may do a blood count test, chest X-ray, electrocardiogram and an echocardiogram.

Significance

You should take a heavy heart rate with minimal exertion very seriously because it could be a life threatening medical condition. In fact, Drexel University College of Medicine reports that you should seek prompt medical attention if you experience a sudden or severe, heavy heart rate.

Prevention

Preventing this medical condition may not be possible in some cases because the disease that causes it may be hereditary. Watching what you eat, however, trying to eat healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables is a excellent way to prevent medical conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure that can lead to this medical condition. In addition, exercising on a regular basis will help you keep blood pressure down and minimize the possibility of heart disease.

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